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Wales First Minister announces lockdown extension

Written by on 8th May 2020

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has revealed in todays press conference that the lockdown restrictions currently in place will be extended until at least the next review period.

However, some “small and modest” adjustments will be made on Monday alongside the rest of the UK.

The first being the once a day exercise rule. People will now be able to go outside to exercise more than once a day. However, exercise must still be local, beginning and ending at home. Exercising should not involve any significant travel.

Another change to the lockdown restrictions is that garden centres will now be allowed to open with 2 metre distancing rules enforced.

Finally, the First Minister announced that local authorities will be able to begin planning to reopen libraries and recycling centres.

Whilst these changes are set to come in from Monday 11th May, shielding advice from Wales’ Chief Medical Officer must still be followed.

The First Minister also said that the lockdown restrictions will be under constant review whilst focussing firmly on keeping Welsh residents safe.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make announcement on Sunday regarding steps that will be adjusted for England.